Rehearsal Research

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Rehearsal Research
Curated by: Sarah Todd

303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1S1
April 19th, 2011 - April 28th, 2011

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Rehearsal Research is a presentation of work made during the Rehearsal Research residency, an interdisciplinary visual art and dance residency that took place in the summer of 2010. Paul Kajander, Justine Chambers and Holly Ward will present research and work-in-progress that came out of the Rehearsal Research production residency.

The intention of the Rehearsal Research residency was to investigate historical and current connections between avant garde art practice and modern dance practice. Stemming from research into the importance of dance and dancers in the development of artist run culture locally, Rehearsal Research raises questions about contemporary relationships between dance, choreography and visual art practice. With the support of The Dance Centre and Western Front, each artist conducted research, and used production and performance facilities towards the creation of a new work.

Paul Kajander worked within the space of The Dance Centre, using the studio spaces to produce several movement studies on video, and one single channel video work titled What Self-Knowledge Is , investigates the relationship between narrative and movement, using an ensemble cast of actors and dancers. Justine Chambers worked out of Western Front’s Grande Luxe Hall to develop choreography around a series of free standing sculptural structures, tentatively titled Enters and Exits. Emerging from an interest in quotidian movement and human gesture, Chambers’ sculptural apparatus – shaped like a series of doorframes – supports a developing choreographic study of how we perform in “non places” or “in-between” space. Holly Ward worked at the Dance Centre to produce research around the Loheland colony, a communal education institution for women, established in 1919, whose activities ranged from training girls to become physical education instructors to breeding championship Great Danes. Ward worked with a choreographer and a Great Dane to produce photographic and video movement studies, based around the utopian mythologies of a the Loheland Colony of women.

The research and work-in-progress from the Rehearsal Research residency will be presented in the Grand Luxe Hall from April 19- April 28, accompanied by an essay about the project by Sarah Todd. A closing reception and live performance by Justine Chambers will take place on the evening of April 28.

With the support of the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia.

Rehearsal Research would not have been possible without the generous support of The Dance Centre and the Western Front Society.

For more information please contact Sarah Todd at